Experiencing the 5 senses in Chamonixâ€™s nature for the visually impaired, hard of hearing or autistic youngsters
DescriptionIn 2012, the photographer/author Teresa Kaufman hosted her first group of autistic adolescents on a Discovery & Photo Walk in the valley of Chamonix. She is now introducing a SENSORY WALK to accomodate disabled visitors - visually impaired, hard of hearing or autistic youngsters.
Natureâ€™s language for each individual :
Sounds : birds, insects, bubbling brooks, wind and breeze
Smells : earthly aromas provoked by heat and humidity, subtle perfume of wild orchids
Cool temperatures : shaded forests or a mountainâ€™s looming mass
Caresses : sensations on the skin from a light breeze
Proprioception : different terrains offering unique sensations underfoot ; cool moss beds, bouncy heather fields, wet and warm peat bogs and dry pebbly paths.
Taste : when possible, a burst of flavour from a wild rasberryâ€¦
Many and sometimes all of these sensory-charged locations can be felt and interpreted in different manners by disabled persons anxious to experience a part of Chamonixâ€™s nature.
Participants are welcome to bring their favourite recording device to capture the experience : a camera, smart-phone, dictaphone, sketch-padâ€¦ Or simply their curiosity to discover and experience the tactile sensations.
The sensory walk takes place in a preserved natural environment, silent and stress-free. The walk is not strenuous and is easily accessible on foot after a 10-15 minute walk on an uphill slope to get to the starting point of the itinerary.
The sensory walk is a private outing on a ONE TO ONE formula and will be creating with respect to each individual participant. Individuals or small groups must be accompagnied by a responsable educator or member of the family.
The benefits of a sensory walk :
Teresa strongly believes in the benefit of an experience blending nature with photography or sound recordings as it provides a long-lasting souvenir of sensations for the participant.
Capturing and recording the experience naturally engages the personâ€™s attention to his immediate environnement, sharpens his ability to see details, enhances his faculty of sound and stimulates his sense of smell and taste.
Prices start at 150 euros for 1 to 3 participants. No charge for the educator or parent, accompanying the disabled participant(s).
It will be possible to accomodate a larger group upon request.
From 01/06 to 31/10/2019, daily.
The walks will be available during the summer and fall 2019 season.